History Maters: Laurel mayor, city council offer $50 for information on 'blind tigers'

100 Years Ago

Tiger, tiger, luring site

In the Times' Laurel column:

"At a recent meeting of the Mayor and city council, it was stated that reports were in circulation that the law prohibiting the sale of spirits and malt liquors is being violated in the town, and they offered as a reward the sum of $50 to any person producing evidence which would convict any person in a court of law of a violation of this law.

"The nearest saloon to Laurel is located almost five miles away, at a place known as "The Pines.' in another district, although it is not a rare thing to see one get intoxicated in less time than he can travel the distance of ten or more miles and it is reported three or four blind tigers exist right in the town."

A "blind tiger" was a site where illegal liquor was sold.

75 Years Ago

Lloyds' legs

In a large ad, there was list of movies showing at the Alpha Theatre in Catonsville:

"March Parade of Hits, Continuous from 2 p.m. weekdays and Sundays:

Saturday, March 6th The Plough and The Star Barbara Stanwick and Preston Foster With Our Gang comedy and Fox News.

Sunday and Monday, March 7th - 8th - Freddie Bartholomew in Lloyds of London With Madeline Carroll and Tyrone Power with Popeye Cartoon and News

Tuesday, March 9th - Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Wednesday, March 10th George Arliss in Man of Affairs;

Thursday and Friday, March 11th-12th Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor in Camille."

The movie, "Lloyds of London" was about England battling Napoleon's Navy, young Lord Nelson, and the London insurance company of that name, which began in 1688. Though Lloyds of London first concentrated on insuring vessels and their merchandise, they evolved into issuing policies for a variety of items, including people's body parts.

World War II pin-up girl Betty Grable famously had her legs insured by Lloyds for $1 million each. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart insured their vocal cords through Lloyds.

But Grable's couple million was chicken feed compared to Irish step-dancer Michael Flately, who insured his legs through the company for $47 million.

Though Flately was born in Chicago, he spent time visiting relatives in Ireland. He was told when he started dance lessons at 11 years old that he was already too old to ever become an expert dancer. Six years later, he was a world champion dancer.

50 Years Ago

Glenwood gift

Community notices in the Times:

The caption under a picture of a ceremony: "Warren G. Sargent, president of the Glenwood Lions, is thanked by John E. Yingling, chairman of the Library Fund committee, for the $500 check given by the Lions for the Building Fund. Ray Emery co-publicity chairman with M.G. Ellingsworth, is at the left. Mr. Sargent commented on the fine job the Library Building committee had done in administering the fund and putting up an outstanding building. The Glenwood Lions raise their funds by their snack bar at the Howard County Fair and at the White Elephant Auction in April.

Wallas Park Youth Building Ceremonies: The new Kiwanis Building at Wallas Park will be dedicated to the youth of the community in brief ceremonies at the site of Route 144 next Saturday, February 24. Lt. Governor William J. Flattery of Kiwanis and past Lt. Gov. Frank T. von Rintell will be special guests as will members of the Legislature, police department and clergy.

Kegel Judges Science Fair: Adman G. Kegel, supervisor, engineer of the Westinghouse Defense Center air arm division served as a judge for the Stemmers Run Junior High School science fair on Friday February 16."

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